Snapshot 3 - 10 December
In Syria, the conflict has been going on for over 1,000 days, and to date, the war has displaced 6.5 million people internally and forced 2.3 million to cross into neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, Washington indicated that it has been in talks with Islamist opposition factions non-linked to Al-Qaeda, in order to push for a negotiated settlement to the crisis.
In the Philippines, an estimated 14 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan to date, according to OCHA. The number of displaced currently stands at 4 million, including 3.8 million residing outside of evacuation centres, and an initial multi-cluster assessment indicated that 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance. The death toll currently stands at 5,924 people, with another 1,770 still reported as missing.
In Central African Republic, several days of unprecedented clashes between rival militias caused at least 390 deaths and hundreds of injured in the capital Bangui, and triggered the displacement of an estimated 108,000 people. In response to this upsurge in violence, the African Union peacekeeping mission and France announced the scale-up of their forces on the ground, and French troops started disarmament operations. Meanwhile, a draft UN Security Council resolution is circulating to authorise the expansion of international troops and the extension of their mandate.
Updated: 10/12/2013 Next Update: 17/12/2013